Jadesola Osiberu is a Nigerian writer, director and producer and founder of Greoh Studios. She is known for Isoken (2017), Sugar Rush (2019), Brotherhood (2022) and Gangs of Lagos, the first Nigerian original film set to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. In September 2022, Osiberu's Greoh Studios signed a three-year deal with Amazon to develop and produce original scripted TV series and feature films.[1]

Jadesola Osiberu
Born (1985-08-18) 18 August 1985 (age 38)
EducationComputer Systems Engineering, University of Manchester
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Pan-Atlantic University
Occupation(s)writer, director and producer
Notable workSugar Rush
Awards2018 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards, Best Director

Early life and education edit

Born to a royal family in 1985, Osiberu's father, Oba Adewale Osiberu is the Elepe of Epe Sagamu.[2] Osiberu had her secondary education in Ibadan, before obtaining a Computer Systems Engineering degree from University of Manchester.[3] She is also an alumna of Pan-Atlantic University, where she studied Media and Communications.[4]

Career edit

Despite working professionally as a software developer after graduation, Osiberu decided to change career to film-making.[4] In celebrating the Women's History Month, Pulse included her in its list of ten women making waves by developing content in Nigerian film industry.[5] Osiberu started her production company, Tribe85 Productions in 2017 with the aim of "telling African stories to a global audience".[6] During an interview with BellaNaija, her work ethic, attention to detail and creative drive was praised by the interviewer.[7]

In 2018, she headlined Nollywood Film Festival in Scotland.[8]

In 2017, Osiberu wrote and directed Isoken, a film about the challenges faced by an unmarried female professionals amidst pressure from family, as well as romantic interracial relationships in modern Nigerian setting. For her directorial role, she won best director at 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and got a Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director nomination.[9]

The film was also the subject of scholarly discussions with the titular character being characterized with traits of feminism.[10] Culture Custodian highlighted how the theme of the film is set up to fight misogyny in the Nigerian patriarchal society.[11]

Filmography edit

Year Title Major Cast Role Notes Ref
2013–14 Gidi Up OC Ukeje, Deyemi Okanlawon, Somkele Iyamah Producer


Webseries by Ndani TV [4]
2016 Rumor Has It Producer
2017 Isoken Dakore Akande, Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin Director


Directorial debut
2018 Nigerian Trade Rita Dominic, Gideon Okeke and Blossom Chukwujekwu Producer


2019 Sugar Rush (film) Adesua Etomi, Bisola Aiyeola and Bimbo Ademoye Producer


2021 Ayinla Lateef Adedimeji, Omowumi Dada, Bimbo Manuel Producer [12]
Gangs of Lagos Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Tobi Bakre and Chike Director


Inspired by events while filming Gidi Up [13]
2022 Brotherhood Tobi Bakre,

Folarin Falana, Toni Tones, Ronke Ojo, Bright Okpocha, OC Ukeje,


Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Television Series Comedy/Drama Gidi Up Nominated [14]
Best Sound Editor Nominated
2018 Best Director Isoken Won [15]
Best Costume Designer Nominated
Best Art Director Nominated
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Director Nominated [16]
2023 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Writer The Trade Nominated [17] [18]
Best Director Nominated
Best Movie West Africa Brotherhood Won
Best Overall Movie Nominated

Personal life edit

Osiberu had her marriage ceremony on May 11, 2019 in Sagamu, Ogun State.[19]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2022-09-14). "Amazon Prime Signs Overall Deal With Nigerian 'Gangs of Lagos' Filmmaker Jade Osiberu". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-11-11.
  2. ^ "ade Osiberu begins matrimonial journey". The Sun. 2019-03-09. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  3. ^ "It's Jade Osiberu's Birthday and she's Serving Us some Lockdown Legs". 2020-08-18. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  4. ^ a b c Olanrewaju, Darafunmi (2020-01-20). "Jadesola Osiberu Nollywood's Next Big Thing". Netng. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  5. ^ Nwogu, Precious (2020-03-11). "10 women at the helm of film production in Nollywood". Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  6. ^ Okoh, Lize (2018-10-02). "Nollywood's Best Nigerian Directors Working Today". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  7. ^ Banigbe, Seyi (2018-02-28). "Seyi Banigbe: Interviewing Jadesola Osiberu Reinforced the Values of Being an Intrapreneur". Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  8. ^ a b Dayo, Bernard (2018-11-12). "Jade Osiberu says Blossom Chukwujekwu gave the performance of his life in her upcoming movie 'Nigerian Trade'". Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  9. ^ Ayomide, Tayo (2018-09-01). "Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Odunlade Adekola win at award ceremony". Pulse. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  10. ^ Nwachukwu, Charles (2019). "Jadesola Osiberu's Isoken: A Filmic Postulation for Feminism". Studies in Media and Communication. 7: 49. doi:10.11114/smc.v7i1.4306.
  11. ^ "The Women Of Nollywood are Fighting Misogyny, Telling Stories, and Making Giant Strides". Culture Custodian. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  12. ^ Nwogu, Precious (May 24, 2021). "Here's the official trailer for 'Ayinla' directed by Tunde Kelani". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  13. ^ Nwogu, Precious (2021-06-21). "Here's a first look at Adesua Etomi, Tobi Bakre, Chike in 'Gangs of Lagos'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  14. ^ "AMVCA Full List Of Winners". Channels Television. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  15. ^ Agbo, Njideka (2018-09-01). "Complete List Of Winners For The 2018 AMVCA". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  16. ^ "Nollywood Shines At 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards [Full List Of Winners]". Channels Television. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  17. ^ Kalu, Esther (2023-05-20). "AMVCA 2023: Osas Ighodaro, Tobi Bakre, Bimbo Ademoye win big (FULL WINNERS LIST)". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-05-21.
  18. ^ "Full List: Here are all our AMVCA 9 Nominees". AMVCA - Full List: Here are all our AMVCA 9 Nominees. Retrieved 2023-04-23.
  19. ^ "Yay! Filmmaker Jade Osiberu is Married ??". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2020-09-19.

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